My sister and I recently got around to seeing Disney’s Moana and, long story short, we’re obsessed. And while I could go on and on about pretty much every second of every minute of the entire film, quoting my favorite parts, gushing about my favorite characters and belting out every verse of my favorites songs, I can pretty much sum them up with this gif:
After watching Moana for the first time, I went through my normal routine of stalking everyone (actors, directors, etc.) associated with the film. I like to get an idea of where they came from and the other work they’ve done, so I can feel a strange sense of emotional pride for people I’ve never met. “You’ve come so far!” I tell them. “I’m so proud of you!”
I like to believe that in some way they receive this message with a passing sensation of happiness, but I’m well aware that I’m probably just forming one-sided attachments to strangers. Oh well.
Amongst my findings on the Moana crew: Auli’i Cravalho, a.k.a the voice of Moana herself.
Some basic info on Auli’i for you (compliments of Wikipedia):
- She was born in Kohala, Hawaii (which is the northern tip of the big island)
- She is of Chinese, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent.
Some less basic, more impressive info for you:
- She’s currently sixteen, but nabbed the roll of Moana at the age of fourteen
- She recently performed destroyed at the Oscars
And finally, the piece of information that got me writing to you today:
- She was the very last girl to audition on the very last day of casting.
In an interview with People, Auli’i said she almost didn’t audition because of all the amazing submissions she’d seen on YouTube, but was encouraged by an Oahu casting agent to change her mind. And so, she did. She auditioned in the very last slot on the very last day.
Recap on what happened next:
- She got the part
- She made her acting debut
- She became immortalized as a Disney princess
- The film got nominated for a long list of awards including two Oscars (Best Animated Feature Film & Best Original Song “How Far I’ll Go”)
- She performed “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars
So you know that old saying, “it’s worth a shot”?
It really is.
So keep taking those shots. You never know where they might take you.